The Government of Yukon is extending the Paid Sick Leave Rebate program until March 31, 2023. The program provides up to 10 days’ wages for workers and self-employed individuals who have contracted COVID-19 and do not have access to paid sick days.
The purpose of this extension is to provide a continued safety net for Yukoners over the coming winter. Reducing the threat of financial losses will make it easier for workers to make the decision to stay home when they are sick. All eligible Yukon employers and self-employed individuals may apply. As of August 17, 2022, about 2,300 Yukoners from more than 400 businesses have accessed the Paid Sick Leave Rebate program.
The Paid Sick Leave Rebate is available to employers and self-employed individuals, and covers a maximum of 10 days of wages per employee or 10 days of average daily earnings per self-employed individual to allow for a 14-day self-isolation period. This extension does not provide additional sick days, but it will extend the use of paid sick days remaining from the previous 10 day allocation.
Extending the Paid Sick Leave Rebate program gives Yukoners the flexibility to ensure that they and their families remain healthy and safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. This program has provided much-needed support to people across the territory throughout the pandemic and I am pleased that we can extend this service and offer financial relief to those who need it most.
Minister of Economic Development Ranj Pillai
The program was set to conclude on September 30, 2022, but has been extended to March 31, 2023. This is the fourth intake of the program since being launched in March 2020.